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Five Finger Rule

  1. Choose a book
  2. Open it anywhere
  3. Make a fist
  4. Start to read a page
  5. Put a finger up for each hard word

1 finger = too easy, try another book
2-3 fingers = just right, try another page to be sure
4-5 fingers = too hard

This is a quick and easy way for children to determine whether a book is just right for independent reading.